After hours in the sun all summer long, it’s time to give skin a little TLC. Facial oils and serums are the latest trend in skincare, packing a nutrient-rich punch compared to typical moisturizers. The thin, lightweight nature of serums allows them to penetrate deeper into the epidermis, carrying a higher concentration of active ingredients to soothe and repair.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Nighttime is prime time for skin cell regeneration—that’s why they call it “beauty sleep.” This cult favorite takes full advantage of lavender essential oil to even skin tone by fighting inflammation and redness while evening primrose oil promotes a radiant glow. $46 for 1oz; kiehls.com
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Cell-communicating ingredients are the future of skincare and this serum utilizes these high-tech peptides to attach to receptors on skin cells, causing them to start producing healthier cells in trouble spots that are damaged or stressed. $59.50 for 1oz; clinique.com The fountain of youth springs magical serums to help sun-kissed faces.
Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum
For the oil-phobic, water-based Quench delivers serious hydration in a fast-absorbing formula. And its lightweight feel makes it the perfect primer for wearing under makeup. Fine lines and wrinkles are targeted with anti-aging peptides and collagen builders firm the visage. It’s also fragrance-free, a major bonus for those with sensitive skin. $75 for 1oz; katesomerville.com
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Harvested in the Amazon, the maracuja fruit is a nourishing oil that helps regulate sebum production, resulting in balanced skin that is moisturized, not oily. High vitamin C levels make skin brighter and fatty acids that repair and firm the complexion reduce wrinkles, making this one anti-aging powerhouse. $48 for 1.7oz; tartecosmetics.com